As the pandemic has forced the people and the industries to adapt to new norms, so how has the upholsters in Sydney prepared themselves to face the new economy? This question is all concerned about the future of upholstery in Sydney both for commercial and domestic purposes.
Let us address this question step by step. Now almost everyone is daily training themselves to face the broader challenges as in economics, climate change, and health. Each of these is changing and changing fast.
How Will Upholstery Adapt to the New Stability Gradually as the World Emerges from Pandemic?
Three questions more have to be taken into account to find the answer out.
• How will chemicals be eliminated in the commercial and residential upholstered furniture for which the health is being compromised?
• How can economic incentives be changed for the convenience of the people working on the ground, other than rewarding the interests of the top-down corporate lobbying?
• How should the resource wastes be handled intelligently which is proliferating in the present economy of “fast furniture”?
Nature has a few answers in its store addressing these questions on a much deeper level and the solutions are based on the present economic system context. But for a complete illustration, it is necessary to take up a simplistic approach.
The Existing Linear Economy
Our present economic system is seen to be Linear, which means a majority of goods are categorized into “Take – Make – Dispose of” model. The upholstered furniture in bulk can be taken as an example – when a sofa is dumped outside, then it is not only occupying the landfill but it is even considering the environment as a waste reservoir.
How Can This Be Changed To A Sustainable System?
The Linear systems have been discovered in the Industrial age and at present, human beings are advised to follow nature and bring about the change. The Take-Make-Dispose Linear economic system module means to stop depleting the finite resources and accept CIRCULAR or the Repair-Reuse-Renew economy. The biological nutrients are separated which are derived from the living beings from the technical nutrients derived from the non-living beings.
Breaking Down The Upholstery Layers
The commercial and residential upholstery trade in Sydney can always reuse the high-quality framing and soft layers. Reuse is perfect for delaying the need of involving the biological and technical cycle materials. The upholsterers henceforth have considered the materials to render them useful for remaking the furniture through the policy of the circular model.
i. While a well-constructed furniture frame is regarded as the foundation making the reupholstering possible and perfect. Wood belongs to the biological part of the cycle and the metals are possible to reintegrate as supporting products in the technical cycle.
ii. Traditional upholstery makes use of animal products like horsehair and wool along with plant products like cotton, coir fiber, and sphagnum moss. As the circular model states, these materials are the biological nutrients until the end of their functional life. The only disadvantage is that the upholsterers have to dispose of them in the trash when these can no longer be used since effective composting channels are yet to better develop.
iii. On the other hand, modern upholstery involves the use of synthetics like the polyester, chemical additives, urethane foam, and more, which hold the least technical nutrients value and are non-biodegradable. Once the chemicals like flame retardants cannot be used further, they are again disposed of to the bins as they are harmful to the natural biological systems and health.
iv. A few modern upholstery materials include the natural fibers free from harmful chemicals, these are the natural latex, organic cotton, and wool – each is biodegradable. Due to a lack of composting channels in the working system, once the biological nutrients end their life, these are placed on the trash bins.
Whatever materials are used for making the upholstered furniture, they need proper care and maintenance for optimum usage.
Upholstery is an age-old skilled trade and has refined and defined itself through inspired creativity. In this way, it could preserve the tradition. Now the upholsterers are working on the methods to recycle, reuse, and repair the upholstered furniture. Without any doubt, the upholstery will reign as a valuable medium to define the furniture’s future in this circular economy.